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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Call for Submission​s: Curvy Girls

. Thursday, April 21, 2011

Rachel Kramer Bussel, editing for Seal Press, has sent out a call for Curvy Girl erotica stories. Here are the details:
Call for Submissions
Curvy Girls: Erotica for Women
Length: 2,000 to 4,000 words celebrating women in all their curvy glory.
Editor: Rachel Kramer Bussel
Publisher: Seal Press in 2012
Deadline: June 1, 2011 (earlier submissions preferred)
Payment: $100 and 2 copies of the book on publication
Rights: buy all rights (This means for $100, Seal Press owns all rights to contracted works!), see exact contract terms.

Here is what Ms. Bussel has to say:

We are living in a time when “plus-size” is a fashion catchphrase, but everyone from Meghan McCain to Jessica Simpson to Jennifer Love Hewitt has been attacked for being too big, when the slightest roundness in the belly sets off tabloid “baby bump” rumors, and stars' weight is scrutinized down to the very last ounce.

This book is a chance to write about the sensual, erotic side of having “more to love” and/or loving a woman of size. I want everything from big butts to plus-size corsets to pregnant bellies and beyond; how you define "curvy" is up to you, but that should come across clearly in your story. I want partners who are bigger and smaller than their curvy lovers, who seek out fat/plus-size/curvy/fill-in-your-preferred-word-here women or who’ve never been with one. Please note that “curvy” or “plus-size” does not have to mean feminine; I’d also like some butch, androgynous, athletic and other perspectives.

The exact definition of “curvy” I will leave up to you. Stories can be from the POV of a “curvy girl” or her lover. These should be erotic stories that fully explore all aspects of female sexuality; excitement and adventure are welcome, as well as stories close to home. The final book will include a range of stories spanning from long-term relationships to one-night stands, from vanilla to kinky. I’m mainly looking for contemporary stories, but a few stories featuring historical settings could be included.

Stories should grab me with the first sentence and not let go. Looking for characters with a range of voices, storytelling tones, diversity of age, race, and location, especially incorporating these varying viewpoints into the plotline and the characters’ outlook on body image and size. Think America Ferrera, April Flores, Kim and Khloé Kardashian, Crystal Renn, Gabourey Sidibe, Mia Tyler, or whoever your favorite “curvy girl” icon is (those are just a few names to get you pondering). No reprints, no poetry. All characters must be over 18. No incest, bestiality or scat. For an idea of the kinds of stories I like, please see my anthology Dirty Girls: Erotica for Women. Authors of all genders may submit to this anthology, but the primary focus should be on the main curvy protagonist, though it can be from any character's POV.

How to submit: Send double spaced Times or Times New Roman 12 point black font Word document with pages numbered (.doc, NOT.docx) OR RTF of 2,000 to 4,000 words. Indent the first line of each paragraph half an inch and double space (regular double spacing, do not add extra lines between paragraphs or do any other irregular spacing). US grammar (double quotation marks around dialogue, etc.) required. Include your legal name (and pseudonym if applicable), mailing address, and 50 word or less bio in the third person to curvygirlsantho@gmail.com. If you are using a pseudonym, please provide your real name and pseudonym and make it clear which one you'd like to be credited as. Authors may submit up to 2 stories. I will get back to you by December 2011 at the latest.

About the Editor: Rachel Kramer Bussel is the editor of 38 anthologies, including Fast Girls: Erotica for Women, Surrender, Gotta Have It, Peep Show, Bottoms Up, Spanked, The Mile High Club, Do Not Disturb, He’s on Top, She’s on Top, Tasting Him, Tasting Her, Crossdressing, Dirty Girls, and is Best Sex Writing Series Editor. Her books have won 5 IPPY (Independent Publisher) Awards. She is Senior Editor at Penthouse Variations, writes a sex column for SexisMagazine.com, wrote the Lusty Lady column for The Village Voice, and hosted and curated In The Flesh Reading Series for five years. She conducts readings and erotic writing workshops nationwide. Her writing has been published in over 100 anthologies, including Susie Bright’s X: The Erotic Treasury, Best American Erotica 2004 and 2006, and Zane’s Purple Panties and the New York Times bestseller Succulent: Chocolate Flava II. She has written for Cosmopolitan, The Daily Beast, Fresh Yarn, The Frisky, The Gloss, Jezebel, Mediabistro, Newsday, New York Post, Penthouse;, The Root, Time Out New York, Zink and other publications.

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Jocelyn Modo
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